Uptown

by DeBerry, Virginia.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION DeBerry
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Urban FIC DEB URB
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Summary
ENTER THE WORLD OF UPTOWN

Uptown . . . where money rules
Uptown . . . where ambition trumps tradition
Uptown . . . where politics come before everything
Uptown . . . where a family's secrets will bring them together--or down

After twenty years away, Avery Lyons returns to New York when her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tragedy brings the family together, but Avery is not happy about the impromptu reunion. She no longer recognizes the Harlem of her childhood, but the same old family dynamics and secrets are all too familiar . . .

Heir to a real estate empire, Dwight is willing to do anything to realize his aging and demanding father's dream: Dixon Plaza, a luxury high-rise development on Central Park North that will change the face of Harlem forever. There's only one thing in his way: his cousin Avery has inherited a share of the property. She's more than willing to sell until a reporter uncovers the truth behind the rumored shady dealings . . .

In Uptown a prominent Harlem family is strained to the breaking point by the high-stakes world of the Manhattan real estate industry, and one woman searches for her identity and the will to forgive. Steamy, provocative, and sexy, Uptown is a turbulent and triumphant read.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A family tragedy brings Avery Lyons back to Harlem after 20 years in the Foreign Service. When she needed her family's help, they let her down, especially her cousin Dwight, whom she revered. But still, she comes home to take care of her injured mother. Then, when her mother dies, Avery is set adrift in a landscape she hardly recognizes, as the Harlem of her youth is obliterated by gentrification. Her cousin wants to bring an upscale development to one area. After years of negotiations, the only impediment is a piece of property that Avery has inherited from her mother, which her mother intended to sell, as does Avery until she meets the tenants who will be displaced. Her feelings toward Dwight after he betrayed her come back to haunt her as she struggles to adapt and find her happiness. The team of DeBerry and Grant sure knows how to give readers a vibrant family story, a real gem that encompasses betrayals, secret lives, and forgiveness.--Engelmann, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "DeBerry and Grant (Exposures) continue both their ongoing love affair with Harlem and the story of the Dixon real estate empire in this smart and compelling tale of how selfishness and avarice can destroy a family's work and reputation. Dwight Dixon takes the reins from his elderly father, "King" Dixon, moving the family real estate holdings to the big-time New York stage with the development of Dixon Plaza on Central Park North, a controversial development aimed at transforming Harlem. But problems abound: defective Chinese drywall, cheap fixtures and myriad changes to the project. Then Dwight's cousin, Avery Lyons, returns to tend to the affairs of her dead mother and an uneasy and disturbing past is revealed that causes the empire to crumble. DeBerry and Grant capture timely and increasingly universal themes with this dramatic, epic and often tragic story of triumph and failure. New York and Harlem come alive and the occasional stereotypical characters and a few contrived situations are minor quibbles with a novel that is both relevant and entertaining (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Real estate development -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,2010
Edition 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed.
Contributors Grant, Donna.
Language English
Notes "A Touchstone book."
Includes a Touchstone reading group guide.
Description viii, 331 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781439137765 (trade pbk.)
1439137765 (trade pbk.)
9781439149324 (ebook)
1439149321 (ebook)
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